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ST PETERS CHURCH - GENERAL NEWS

 

 

COMMUNITY HALL UPDATE

Phase 2 of the major upgrade to the hall is now fully funded. Particular thanks to Mary McGarry and Frank Callus who have lobbied on behalf of the parish for grant aid. The Finance Committee and the Hall Committee have decided that we should go ahead with the project as quickly as possible. This second and final phase will provide us with much needed office and storage space

 

WELCOME BACK!

Fr. Mick O’Neill returns (Monday 13th) to support parish ministry for the next month or so. Please note that the 8 am Masses are back on the schedule for now

 

 

NAZARETH HOUSE

Are you looking for Nursing or Residential Care for yourself or a relative or a friend? Nazareth House in Colum Road, Cardiff, currently has beds available. If you are interested please contact the General Manager, Jayne Jefferson for more information. Phone 029 2022 0943 oremail jayne.jefferson@nazarethcare.com

 

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?

Waiting to go into hospital? Do please let your parish priest know in plenty of time. He will be pleased to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick with you or any pastoral support you need. The small team of parish priests who currently provide 24/7 emergency cover in the Cardiff hospitals are under a great deal of pressure, so unfortunately there is no guarantee that one will always be available at any particular time. On the same theme, if you know of any Catholic already in hospital who needs or might like a visit or sacramental support, please continue to leave details with the Cardiff & Vale Hospital Chaplaincy on 029 2074 3230.

 

SVP

The SVP would like to thank all those people who have made donations to the Society over the past months. These include the SVP box collections, the cheque for £50.00 and the anonymous donations of £115.00 and £510.00 in cash. Many thanks for your generosity

 

READING ROTAS

The reading rotas for September are now ready for collection in the Sacristy.

 

OFFICIAL PRISON VISITORS [OPV’s]

Are needed at HMP Cardiff. Any parishioner interested in finding out more please contact Peter Sullivan on 07906 101015

 

“SPUC” SPONSORED WALK

Thank you to all parishioners who sponsored Bro. Ambrose. £185.00 was raised.

 

CAFOD SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Could you spare some time to help CAFOD? We are looking for volunteers to work with children and young people in Catholic schools to help them learn about global poverty and inspire them to take action. Full training and resources provided. To find out more please contact Therese Warwick on 029 20344822 or email southwales@cafod.org.uk

 

CHAIR OF THE PARISH IN COUNCIL

Open meetings of the parish in council are held about every 6 weeks to look at all aspects of our worship and outreach. Terence Topham has now stood down as chair after years of sterling service. Could YOU be his replacement? Terence is happy to chat to anyone interested in the duties of the chair, phone 07930 849941. The next meeting is in September and we will need a replacement by then.

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GARDENING? DO YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS TO SPARE?

Plasnewydd Community Garden are looking for more volunteers to help out with watering, deadheading flowers, planting out and general maintenance. We are situated in Shakespeare Street, just off City Road. Please call around to the garden on Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm, or Wednesdays between 5.30 and 7.30 pm. You can also ring Martin Gower on 07831 196851 or email roathresidents@gmail.com

 

ROSMINIAN NEWS

Our postulant, William, has returned from his visit to the Italian province and is continuing his spiritual progress towards entry into the novitiate in September. The novitiate will be located at the Rosmini Centre, Ratcliffe College (near Leicester) and we are expecting there to be 3 or 4 postulants starting together. Please continue to pray for vocations.

 

ADDITIONAL ROSMINIAN CLERGY

We currently have 3 priests from India and one from East Africa awaiting visas to join our parish teams in the UK. Unfortunately, we are awaiting the renewal of our Home office licence to issue invitations to these individuals. It is hoped that St. Peters will receive much needed assistance later this Summer when the visa delay has been resolved

 

ST. PETER’S COMMUNITY HALL

Our Hall in Bedford Street is available for hire for small parties, meetings, groups, etc. For full details and to check availability, please phone the Parish Office any weekday morning (2048 3394).

 

ST PETER’S SENIOR CITIZENS

GROUP - We meet each Wednesday at The Cornerstone (opposite St. David’s Cathedral) at 2pm. Hope to see you there

 

MARRIAGE PREPARATION IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CARDIFF

We are currently recruiting volunteers who would be interested in joining our Marriage Preparation team. As the provision of lay-led preparation across the diocese is expanded and developed, we need to recruit more volunteers. Could you work with engaged couples as a facilitator? As a volunteer facilitator you would:-

1. Become part of the developing network of Marriage Preparation providers within our Archdiocese.

2. Deliver Marriage Care programmes to engaged couples of your deanery.

3. Help engaged couples discern their readiness for the Sacrament of Marriage.

4. Deepen your own appreciation of the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Training and support will be provided by Marriage Care in partnership with the Archdiocese Family Life Worker.

For more details speak to Fr Tony or contact either volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk or, in the diocese, Joanne White, Family Life Worker on 029 20365964 or email parenting@rcadc.org

 

 

FINANCIAL REPORT FOR 2017/18

Summary accounts are now available in the porch. Sincere thanks to Lyndon Arlotte and Ron and Mo Lines for their diligent work in this important area. Although income exceeded expenditure by around £9000, this was largely due to economies in the presbytery, and savings on staffing. The size of the Sunday Collection decreased, despite the stalwart generosity of so many of you. This could be remedied not only with a review of each parishioner’s ability to support the parish, but also with an increase in the numbers signing up for Gift Aid which is simple for any tax payer. More information from Fr. Tony.

 

READERS

We are getting short of readers for the 11.30 Sunday Mass. If you would like to volunteer to read, please contact the office or ring Maureen on 2054 1971.

 

CATENIANS “ROUNDABOUT” MAGAZINE

At the back of Church “Roundabout” magazines, published by the Catenian Association, are available to take away for free. The magazine looks at the deeds of the Catenian Association in South Wales and the West of England.

 

ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY (SVP)

CAN YOU HELP? The SVP needs more parishioners to join in the visiting of the needy and isolated. If you can spare a couple of hours per week, please contact Damien Murphy on 07913 630683

 

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If you know of anyone who is lonely or isolated and would like a visit or support from the SVP, please contact Peter Sullivan on 07906101015

 

IN JOINING OUR NEWSLETTER TEAM?

You would need a (very!) basic knowledge of using a computer and to be available for a few hours on either a Wednesday evening or a Thursday morning. Full training would be given and there is a rota system for working. If you’re interested or would like to know a little more, please phone the church office, leave your details and we’ll get back to you.

 

DO YOU NEED A LIFT TO MASS?

If you have difficulty in getting to and from Mass on Sundays, please contact the office and we will put out an appeal in the newsletter to see if there’s anyone in your area who can pick you up (and take you back home!). You never know, there may be someone living very close by who is coming here anyway and can help you out

 

CATHOLIC DIRECTORY AND YEAR BOOK 2018

The latest annual publication, with articles and information on every parish and religious community in Wales, is now available in the shop for just £3.00.

 

DONATION BOXES

You may have noticed that the boxes at the back of the church marked ‘Holy Souls’ and ‘Alms’ have been swapped around. This was done to address the fact that the ‘Alms’ box was difficult to access, leading to few offerings. The giving of alms is critical to the work done by the parish to help impoverished parishioners and those in need of help. It is hoped that the new location will lead to an increase in donations. Those wishing to donate for the Holy Souls can do so by putting money in the box behind the newspaper table.

 

CAN YOU HELP TO SERVE REQUIEMS AND FUNERAL SERVICES?

Due to illness and William's departure, the Parish needs one or two people to assist clergy in conducting funerals. Volunteers need to be available on weekdays, on average, once or twice a month. Training will be

provided. Please talk to Fr Tony for details.

 

GIFT AID

The envelopes for the next tax year are now in the porch. If you are a tax-payer and not yet part of the Gift Aid scheme, please speak to William Rees who will be at the table in the Porch after both Masses. This is a simple way of increasing your support for the parish by 25% using tax transfers

 

MISSIO RED BOXES

These are to be opened this month by our Parish Promoters whose names are on the boxes. Please do not leave any boxes in the church or at the presbytery or hand them to our priests. Individual arrangements are made to collect monies and boxes may be left in the shop. If you would like a Mission Box or have any queries please ring 2049 4003. Read how the donations are used in Mission Today magazine. Last year over £3,000 was in our parish boxes. Even small donations are important.

 

CATHOLIC SINGLES

This is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Tel 0161 941 3498, visit our website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk.

 

PRAYER CORPS

Sheets for June are now available in the porch. The Prayer Corps is made up chiefly of those parishioners who cannot come to Sunday Mass for one reason or another, but who pray daily in their homes for the needs of our parish and the wider world. If you know somebody who may wish to join this prayer group, just take a sheet for them from the table in the porch. Holy Communion is taken weekly to the housebound. Please make sure any isolated parishioners are aware of this and put them in touch with the presbytery or parish office.

 

JULY 200 CLUB WINNERS

 

No. 6 Carla Carpanini £50.00

No. 156 Marion Mitchem £30.00

No. 146 Vera McCabe £20.00

Summer Bonus

No. 183 Julia Walsh £50.00

St. Peter's Church - Cardiff